Military officers serving under the African Union Mission in Somalia, AMISOM, and the Somali National Army (SNA) have completed a five-day training aimed at enhancing joint capabilities to reduce the risk of improvised explosive devices (IEDs). prepared.
The training, organized by AMISOM Headquarters in collaboration with the UK Operational Support Team and facilitated by the International Peace Support Center (IPSC), was attended by 22 military officers, drawn from all AMISOM departments and the Armed Forces. in Somalia.
AMISOM’s Deputy Force Commander for Relief and Logistics, Major General Gerbi Kebede Regassa, noted that the training will help prevent the risk of explosions and ultimately fulfill the mission’s mandate.
“The presence of well-trained and equipped forces to combat such threats will help improve ground conditions, build confidence, and fulfill military duties,” said the Deputy Force Commander.
He noted that the knowledge and skills learned from the training will also help AMISOM and the country’s armed forces better plan operations to restore peace and stability in Somalia.
“The skills you have learned in this course will enable you to evaluate, plan and manage operations in hazardous areas. You are also now equipped with the methods, processes and practices that you are required to practice whenever planning military operations, ”said Maj. Gen. Regassa.
“The skills you have learned in this course will go a long way in reducing the risk of explosions in Somalia; they will increase access to more areas and ultimately contribute to our ability to stabilize Somalia, ”added the DFC.
The Commander of the British Operation Support Group, Colonel Torcail Stroud-Caules, congratulated the training participants and urged them to make full use of the knowledge gained, to prevent the risk of explosions.
AMISOM’s Chief Engineer, Colonel Saheed Sadiq, noted that the training was timely and important for the prevention of explosives, which are caused by Al-Shabaab and have serious consequences.
“The training you have given here over the past five days will help in efforts to reduce these risks. This can only be achieved by making sure that the knowledge you have acquired through your hard work, ”said Col. Sadiq.
The anti-terrorism training provided to Somali government and AMISOM forces comes at a time when al-Shabaab militants are sometimes targeted by bombs.